Topic Proportions

Topic Percent
anti-northern diatribes
60.27%
poetry and patriotism
8.22%
secession
8.22%
entertainment and culture
2.74%
North
2.74%
military orders, e.g. conscriptions
1.37%
clothing ads
1.37%
war prisoners
1.37%
maritime news, esp. naval and blockade
1.37%
military orders to report
1.37%
real estate sales and auctions
1.37%
legislature
1.37%
groceries
1.37%
second-hand news
1.37%
war reports
1.37%
weather
1.37%
humor
1.37%
Confederate states
1.37%
From the Fri., Apr. 26, 1861 issue

The fiery furnace of the times is testing patriots everywhere. Gen. Pierce, the loudest of all men in his professions of devotion to the Constitution, has gone over body and boots to the enemy. For our own part, we never had any faith in politicians, no matter what party they belong to. Human nature is corrupt enough at its best, and a politician's human nature is worst of all. There is a class of unfortunate women whom all the world execrates; they are not as bad as the politicians. Both are equally corrupt, but the one class is so from passion, and perhaps from misfortune; the other from selfish and deliberate calculation. The rank and file of the people of all parties are honest and patriotic, but the leaders would in general sell their own country and their souls for a mess of pottage. We have more respect for an out and out Abolitionist than for the hypocritical Conservatives of the North. The Abolitionist is an honest fool; the Conservative a sordid and sneaking knave. May Heaven's righteous indignation blast and annihilate them both!